To help rising 5th to 8th graders prepare for AMC 8 (See: The AMC 8 Contest at the Montgomery College on Tuesday, November 15, 2016), MATHCOUNTS, Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools (MOEMS), Math Kangaroo, Math League, and Continental Mathematics League (CML)
- We will focus on efficient tricks, shortcuts, and strategies to solve AMC/MathCounts problems as well as test-taking tactics.
- The emphasis of this class will be on fundamental geometry and discrete math, which are very common in competitive math.
- We will utilize a highly effective teaching model as described in the article: Small-sized Class Instruction-focused Model.
Summer Session I
5 Classes (Time: 9:00 – 12:00 pm), Total: 15 Hours
7/16, 7/17, 7/23 (Mock Exam/Review), 7/24, 7/30 (Mock Exam/Review)
Summer Session II
5 Classes (Time: 9:00 – 12:00 pm), Total: 15 Hours
7/31, 8/6, 8/7 (Mock Exam/Review), 8/13, 8/14 (Mock Exam/Review)
Instructor: Dr. Henry Wan
Tuition for Session I: $450 (including all materials). We offer discounts of $10 for returning students.
Tuition for Session II: $450 (including all materials). We offer discounts of $10 for returning students.
There are 2 tuition payment options. In the first option, students may choose to pay on session-by-session basis. That is, choosing to pay for Session I, only, and then, if they decide to continue, pay for Session II. In the second option, students may pay for the whole 2 sessions at a discounted price of $880. Returning students only need to pay $860.
- Full payment must be received on or before the day of first class.
- Withdrawal before the first class: Full Refund
- Withdrawal after the first class: $105 deduction
- No refund after the second class
A late fee of $50 will be added to the tuition for payment after the first class.
Online Registration is now open! Click HERE to register.
A commitment to the whole course can maximize the benefit of learning all the math ideas, methods, strategies, tactics, skills, and techniques.
18206 Endora Cir, Germantown, MD 20841 (Three spots are available!)
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Description: Our curriculum focuses on advancing the mathematical skills of rising 5th-8th graders to prepare them for math competitions, such as Mathcounts, AMC 8, Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools (MOEMS), Math Kangaroo, and Math League. A variety of contest questions are used to teach students strategies to solve problems and help students prepare for the competitions. These problems stimulate their interest and enthusiasm for critical thinking and problem solving, broaden their mathematical intuition, and develop their brainpower. The topics taught in this class are not covered in regular school math classes, allowing our students to stay one step ahead.
- 10 tutorial handouts (250 pages) developed by Dr. Henry Wan and 500 new problems similar to AMC 8 level from the licensed AMC Database
- 4 FREE mock tests, each of which has 25 questions taken from the licensed AMC Database
- FREE registration for the AMC 8 Contest on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. Please see: The AMC 8 Contest at the Montgomery College on November 17, 2015
Grade Levels: Rising Grades 5-8
Read more at:
- The Big Value of Middle School Math Competitions
- Great Benefits of Math Competitions
- A Little Competition Can Inspire Math Students to Greater Achievement
- Small-sized Class Instruction-focused Model
- Homework Correction is very Important — We Give an Extensive Correction of the Incorrect Answers of All Homework
- Homework assignments are a fundamental part of our courses
- Mathematics competitions are NOT mysterious, and every student can attend them! — 数学竞赛绝非神秘，每个学生都可参加！
- Girls should attend math competitions — 女生更应参加数学竞赛
- The Importance of Discrete Mathematics
In AMC 8/Mathcounts Prep Class, we will focus on efficient tricks, shortcuts, and strategies to solve competitive math problems as well as test-taking tactics. The emphasis of this class will be on problem-solving which is the most important to competitive math.
AMC 8/MathCounts Prep Summer Course Session I
|1||7/16, Sat||Angles, Parallel and Perpendicular Lines||AMC 8/MathCounts Problem Set, Plus some new problems from the licensed AMC Database||Yes|
|2||7/17, Sun||Triangles, Special Triangles, and Pythagorean Theorm||AMC 8/MathCounts Problem Set, Plus some new problems from the licensed AMC Database||Yes|
|3||7/23, Sat||Right Triangles and Pythagorean Triplets||AMC 8/MathCounts Problem Set, Plus some new problems from the licensed AMC Database||Yes|
|4||7/24, Sun||Similar and Congruent Triangles||AMC 8/MathCounts Problem Set, Plus some new problems from the licensed AMC Database||Yes|
|5||7/30, Sat||Special right triangles (30o-60o-90o triangles, 45o-45o-90otriangles)||AMC 8/MathCounts Problem Set, Plus some new problems from the licensed AMC Database||Yes|
AMC 8/MathCounts Prep Summer Course Session II (Continuation of Session I)
|6||7/31, Sun||Quadrilaterals and Circles||AMC 8/MathCounts Problem Set, Plus some new problems from the licensed AMC Database||Yes|
|7||8/6, Sat||Coordinate Geometry||AMC 8/MathCounts Problem Set, Plus some new problems from the licensed AMC Database||Yes|
|8||8/7, Sun||Transformations, Similarity, and Solid Geometry||AMC 8/MathCounts Problem Set, Plus some new problems from the licensed AMC Database||Yes|
|9||8/13, Sat||Most commonly used methods to draw auxiliary lines||AMC 8/MathCounts Problem Set, Plus some new problems from the licensed AMC Database||Yes|
|10||8/14, Sun||Applications of the ruler, protractor, and compass to solve hard AMC/MathCounts geometry problems (See more at: Optimal Strategies to Solve Hard AMC Geometry Problems)||AMC 8/MathCounts Problem Set, Plus some new problems from the licensed AMC Database||Yes|
Mock Test: Three simulated tests will help students assess their level of preparation for the Math Competitions. The test consists of 25 questions similar to AMC 8/MathCounts level from the licensed AMC Database, and is intended to mimic an actual math competition exam. After attempting the test, students get answers, explanations, and a detailed score report and wise performance summary.
Homework: On average, at least 5 hours per week, as described in the article: Homework assignments are a fundamental part of our courses. We will carefully review and check students’ homework, and correct any mistakes. Based on the student work, we will provide him/her with individualized help and support.
Click HERE to see a typical homework sample we developed.
We have to face the simple truth that to do well on these grueling contests, we will need to practice. Just like it is for sports and music, the key to success is repetition and practice. We strongly believe in effort and the malleability of intelligence. Intelligence can be enhanced through effort. People can develop impressive levels of expertise through hard work and practice. Effort and persistence are the keys to success. Hard work always pays off: practice makes perfect!
All problems from past AMC 8 exams (1985-2015) and MathCounts (1990–2016) form our “big data” system. We have used data mining and predictive analytics to examine the types and the frequencies of questions in all these materials, and then completely “decoded” the AMC 8 and MathCounts. We will show all the “secret code” cracked from the above big data to students, and teach them to totally grasp and “control” the AMC and MathCounts. For all questions on the recent AMC/MathCounts contests, we can find their “ancestors” and “roots” from the old AMC/MathCounts problems. Therefore, the best way to prepare for the contest is to practice by solving old AMC/MathCounts problems.
Main Purpose: Our main purpose is to help our students gain deeper understanding of the fundamental math concepts, build a solid foundation in math, and develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are so valuable to success in any career. We are big believers in the FUNDAMENTALS! Our students will receive the LIFELONG BENEFITS from learning math.
Regardless of his/her math level, each student will have the opportunity to learn math in a fun, friendly, cooperative, supportive learning environment. The most important thing is to have fun.
In 2016, we have 36 students who are qualified to take AIME either through AMC 10A/12A or AMC 10B/12B. One of our students was among the 23 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10A: Joel (Junyao) T. Particularly, seven middle schoolers and one elementary schooler qualified for the AIME, which is geared toward high school students. Pravalika P., a 6th grader, got a 115.5 out of 150 on the AMC10B, which is very impressive. Read more at: 2016 AIME Qualifiers Announced — 36 Students Qualified for AIME
From 2011 to 2015, in total, 37 students scored above 120 on the American Mathematics Contest 10 (AMC 10) and qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME); 26 students scored above 100 on the American Mathematics Contest 12 (AMC 12) and qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME); 3 students qualified for the USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO), the highest level of math competition for high school students in the USA. Read more at: Notable Achievements of Our Students
We have a long history of close collaboration with the MAA‘s American Mathematics Competitions (AMC), which are dedicated to strengthening the mathematical capabilities of our nation’s youth, and are the first of a series of competitions in high school mathematics that determine the United States team for the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).
We are only one in the Washington DC metropolitan area to offer elementary, middle, and high-school level competition math courses. Our students have received top scores and awards at prestigious national and math competitions.
We have extracted 5,000 brand new problems at the level of the AMC 8 from the licensed AMC Database. In addition, we have also collected all AMC8/10/12 and AIME Official Solutions as shown in the article “American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) Materials.” All these materials have formed a golden resource for our students, who are the ultimate beneficiaries.
Click HERE find out more about Math Competitions!
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